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Romy Fernandez
April 1st, Ootmarsum. The poaskearls (Easter-men in a Dutch dialect) are young Catholic single men from Ootmarsum and they perform a yearly traditional event around Easter called 'vlöggeln' while singing ancient medieval hymns. Poaskearls are single, Roman Catholic young men born in Ootmarsum who wear long, beige coloured raincoats, black trousers and a hat. Participants from Ootmarsum walk hand in hand through the streets of the small town, singing religious hymns and lift children into the air at the end of the procession symbolizing the resurrection of Jesus Christ.
Statue of "The Poaskearls" in front of the Saint Simon's and Jude's church in Ootmarsum, The Netherlands. The artist is Kiny Copinga.
During the first round "Rond de Weme", just men can walk.
"The Poaskearls" signing at the Markt in front of the audience.
The second round the "Vloggeln", starts at the traditional Easter fire.
The oldest of the eight men is traditionally smoking a sigar and as owner of the finance he's nicknamed Judas.
Participants from Ootmarsum walk hand in hand through the streets of the small town, singing religious hymns.
They meander through the streets, tapping on the fundaments of old farms and pass by several cafes.
At the end of the procession the Poaskearls lift the children into the air symbolizing the resurrection of Jesus Christ.